Greece the ideal destination


Arkadia the Ideal Destination

Arkadia

The scenic and versatile prefecture of Arcadia is located in the heart of the Peloponnese, reaching to the sea with its southeastern end.

Arcadia is a mountainous land of rivers, running streams, deep gorges, Frankish forts, Byzantine churches and monasteries, traditional villages and ancient cities, amazing geological features and a modern sinter centre. The climate varies with the landscape, being mild along the coast, with frequent snow and rain in the mountainous middle part during the winter.

The maintains Mainalo, Paron, Skiatho and Saita have a major effect on the prefecture’s topography, allowing for many variations in scenery. Shady forests of pine, chestnut and fir trees merge into gently rolling fields and grazing pasture. Olive and fruit orchards melt into sandy beaches or abruptly change to precipitous cliffs.

In ancient times important cities such as Megalopolis, Orchomenos, Tegea and Mantineia sprang up here. The capital, Tripoli, is an agricultural and commercial centre with neo-classic houses and an archaeological museum. But the real beauty of Arcadia is found in the surrounding villages like Karitena-called the Toledo of Greece-with its narrow streets, stone houses and Frankish castle, the town of Leonidio built on the side of a tremendous gorge between two mountains but also boasting an excellent beach, the ancient cities of Tegea and Mantineia, the tower of Trikalti and the cedar forest of Aghios Petros, the Frankish bridge over Lousios River in Dimitsana, the 9th century church of Aghia Theodora in Isaris, the ancient site of Gortys, the 13th century castle in Karitena, Ancient Heria, the ancient city of Megalopolis and the Lover;s Cave in Tyros Beach. Mt. Mainalo has a ski centre, at a distance of merely 50 km from the beaches of Leonidio and Tyros.

Visitors can enjoy swimming and sunbathing at the beaches of Aghios Andreas, Astros, Atsigganos, Leonidio, tyros, Sambatiki and at the hot springs of Loutra Heraias. An unspoiled land, little known, full of surprises and truly bewitching, Arcadia is a natural wonderland whose mountain dwellers have preserves it intact and virtually unchanged since antiquity.




Arkadia

Arkadia

Arkadia

Arkadia

Arkadia

Arkadia